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Vicodin Addiction

Highest Standards, Nationally Recognized:

What is Vicodin?

Vicodin is a popularly prescribed drug that is most often abused as a recreational drug.

Vicodin is a narcotic pain reliever that is a mixture of hydrocodone and acetaminophen. It is the most popular opiate in the United States, prescribed for pain and abused for recreation.

Vicodin is an opiate that is highly addictive. Because it is not regulated as much as other prescription drugs, distribution is more extensive. It can be found on the streets with ease, and one in five teenagers has tried Vicodin. Some will become addicted.

Vicodin is the resulting combination of hydrocodone, which is a synthetic opiate, and acetaminophen, a non-steroidal pain reliever. Hydrocodone is responsible for the euphoric and addictive nature of the drug Vicodin. Hydrocodone comes from codeine and is an opiate that is derived from the poppy plant.

Some Symptoms of Vicodin Addiction are:

  • Lowered heart rate
  • Respiratory repression
  • Moodiness
  • Drowsiness
  • Muddled thinking
  • Lethargy
  • Impaired mental sharpness
  • Anxiety
  • Fear
  • Psychological and physical dependence
  • Euphoria followed by a down mood
  • Constipation
  • Inability to urinate

What are the Long Term Effects of Vicodin Abuse?

Vicodin abuse has long-term effects that can steal an individual’s health and well-being. Many people become addicted to Vicodin before they even realize it. They may have begun using the drug to manage their short-term pain, but then find that they are mentally and physically caught in a cycle of addiction and abuse that they never expected. With time, the addiction and fear of withdrawal sickness often cause a slow mental and moral decline that needs to be addressed professionally in order to regain wellness.

Can Someone Overdose on Vicodin?

It is very possible to overdose when taking Vicodin. The symptoms of Vicodin overdose typically are convulsions and seizures, which could potentially lead slipping into a coma. Alcohol is hazardous to use in conjunction with Vicodin as it may increase the probability of an overdose.

The Dangers of Vicodin and Withdrawal:

When a person abuses Vicodin for prolonged periods of time, there are increased risks that need to be addressed. When a Vicodin user becomes addicted, other changes within the body are set into motion. Much of this is due to the pain people experience when they stop taking the drug Vicodin. They can become rude to loved ones and untrustworthy as they seek out more of the much-needed drug.

People who are addicted to Vicodin have been known to commit crimes to get more of the drug. Many of these actions are due to the fear of pain and withdrawal symptoms from Vicodin.

Some Withdrawal Symptoms of a Vicodin Addiction are:

  • Muscle and bone aches and
  • Emotional pain
  • Anxiety
  • Cramps
  • Restlessness
  • Chills
  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Nausea

When clients arrive at the Cottage House at Avalon Malibu, they are relieved to know that they will be receiving custom care and help with withdrawing from a Vicodin addiction. The dedicated team works together to present the ultimate in care, with respect, compassion, kindness and hospitality.

Avalon Malibu works with four board-certified physicians specializing in psychiatry, internal medicine, addictionology and neurology, as well as other certified specialists in Chinese medicine, acupuncture, neurofeedback and holistic approaches to medicine.

Clients benefit from our nutritional programs, where we use supplements such as vitamin B complex, vitamin C, calcium, magnesium and other medications to help calm the body’s cramps, muscle aches, and anxiety. Clients will have an improved ability to learn sober living skills through both group therapies and one-on-one sessions.

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